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Some of the coolest women in SF/F are moms

My newest at The Portalist lists 8 of my favorite moms of speculative fiction:

These women come in many forms, from the women who raised us to the teachers and role models we’ve found in the world around us—even in fiction.

While I couldn’t possibly fit them all on one list, here are eight genre fiction mother figures I’m grateful for this Mother’s Day.

Find out who else (besides The General) is on the list, and tell me about some of YOUR favorite moms in sci-fi.

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Read my Q&A with Damian Duffy & John Jennings

My newest interview at Girls in Capes features Damian Duffy and John Jennings, the comic artists behind the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s Kindred.

One of Butler’s greatest talents, in fact, is portraying those who are victims of violence and subjugation in a manner that portrays their full humanity. In Kindred, she does this with absolute mastery, showing many aspects of life during that era and examining the question of how exactly people allowed the horrors of slavery to go on.

I really love Octavia Butler’s work and recently reread Kindred (the original novel) for the Amalgam Monthly Book Club. I would definitely encourage any American to read Kindred to get a better sense of the history of our nation and how race relations continue to impact our society.

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My review of The Stars Are Legion is live now at Girls in Capes

I’m excited to share my newest review, which is live now at Girls in Capes:

Legion is a wonderful book, and I did enjoy it for the way it made me think about the world, but it’s not a book to read if you’re looking specifically for better and more diverse types of romances. If you’re not super interested in happy romances, this would be a perfectly fine book for you, but if any book epitomizes our Toxic Romance theme for this month, this one is it.

As a warning, The Stars Are Legion contains many references and depictions of physical, mental, and emotional abuse, and there’s also cannibalism and some other kinda squicky bits. Anyway, I discuss it further in my review — you can check that out now.

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Mur Lafferty’s SIX WAKES brings murder mystery to unkillable victims

My latest book review for Girls in Capes features Mur Lafferty’s new science fiction murder mystery:

When Maria Arena’s next clone body wakes up, she has a bit of difficulty getting out of the cloning vat, which is a little atypical. When she finally climbs out, she discovers that all six members of the ship’s crew had their clones generated simultaneously and that all six of their previous bodies were killed or incapacitated almost at the same time. That’s a lot more atypical. Maria and the other crew members have no memory logs from the past 26 years — meaning they have no idea which of the six of them massacred the rest, and they have no idea if the murderer will try again.

I absolutely adored this book. You can read more about why at Girls in Capes.

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Tohyo Game’s second volume brings a new dimension to the series

tohyogame_v2_tp-714x1024My newest review at Girls in Capes focuses on the next volume of Tohyo Game.

It’s really this volume that introduces my favorite aspect of death match stories: the revealing actions of the players as they try to survive.

Volume Two of Tohyo Game features quite a lot of this. Several characters scheme various methods to stay alive, with one character openly suggesting a sacrifice of a student in the next round. And, true to the death match genre, the schemes don’t exactly go as planned as desperation takes hold of the remaining players.

You can check out my review of the first volume as well.

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Find your next pre-Star Wars binge over at The Portalist

Find my first article for The Portalist live now:

Thankfully, Star Wars isn’t the only space opera in the game. Science fiction is full of adventures set in space, focused on intergalactic combat, dramatic twists, and gallant romance. Here are a few excellent stories to keep you occupied while you wait, no matter how impatiently.

Check out the 6 space operas I’m dying to share and tell me about any others you think would be great as well!